Book Review-'The Vintage Bookshop of Memories' by Elizabeth Holland
What a lovely story. It will leave you with the warm and fuzzies, and a big smile on your face.
In this book we meet Prue Clemonte. Prue comes from a wealthy family who own most of Ivy Hatch, a quiet village where Prue spent her childhood. Its residents have very old fashioned views on class distinction, and have held a grudge against Prue’s family for years.
Following her grandmother’s death, Prue returns to the village to discover she now owns most of it. The village’s disgruntled residents are not happy about her return and she receives an icy reception.
One person who is kind to her is Elliott Harrington, however his father Arnold seems to be her number one enemy, and is hell bent on making her life difficult, while ensuring she doesn’t get too close to his son. He wouldn’t want him mixing with a Clemonte.
Prue lost her mother when she was very young and was raised by her grandmother. During the reading of her grandmother’s will, she discovers there is a vintage bookshop in town named ‘The Vintage Bookshop of Memories’ that belonged to her mother before she died, and it has sat boarded up for years.
Prue decides to reopen the bookshop to honour her mother’s memory. Inside the shop, Prue finds her mother’s diary, unlocking many long held family secrets, including clues as to where she might find the father she never knew, and why the feud between her family and the locals ever came to be in the first place.
Elizabeth draws the reader in from the very beginning and holds their attention until the very end. This book is a romance with elements of mystery that will have you hooked.
At times I couldn’t put it down, intrigued by the unraveling secrets held within the pages.
For this reason, I give it five stars.
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